Mercy Hospital Begins Use of New CT Equipment
by Augusta Sires
Patients at Mercy Hospital will now benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology. The hospital recently installed a GE Optima CT540 CT Scanner in their radiology department.
“The new CT scanner allows us to provide care to our patients using more advanced technology,” said Terri Derflinger, Mercy Hospital Site Administrator. "We're provided with better image quality and faster performance with this piece of equipment."
The GE Optima CT540 CT Scanner provides essential diagnostic imaging capabilities of structures inside the body; allowing the detection of conditions such as stroke, pulmonary embolism, and aortic aneurysm as well as traumatic findings like fractures and intracranial bleeding. It also allows for faster scans that produce high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine health status and course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date health care technology close to home.
“Mercy is 82 miles from a Level I trauma center, which enhances our need for rapid diagnosis, stabilization of the patient and transfer to advanced care in emergency situations. A state-of-the-art CT scanner like this one allows us to best meet the needs of our patients and community even more than we already do,” said Allison Ingels, RT(R)(M), RDMS, RVT, CT, Mercy Hospital Radiology Supervisor.
The purchase of this equipment was made possible through a $400,000 grant awarded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program in April 2017.